Valeriy Gridnev(Russian, b. 1956)
Valeriy Gridnev was born in Russia in 1956. After studying at Sverdlovsk Art College from 1976 – 1980 enrolled at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1983 and graduated in 1990. His graduation project “The Early Years” won The Gold Medal of USSR Academy of Arts. Valeriy worked for 4 years from 1990 at St. Petersburg Academy of Art’s postgraduate “creative” studio. Valeriy has been a member of Russian Artist’s Federation from 1991. He now lives and works in England, where he is an elected member of the Federation of British Artists, Member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
He has completed numerous commissioned portraits, notably including those of Bobby and Phoebe Tudor of Houston, Texas, benefactors of Rice University; Louis Frosio, leader of the Monte-Carlo Orchestra; and such members of British royalty as Henry Herbert, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon. Lord Carnarvon is best known as the manager of Queen Elizabeth II’s racing stables.
Valeriy’s paintings may be found in various private collections in St.
Petersburg, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Poland and the United